Millennials are our people, they more than any other demographic understand the value and importance of incorporating technology into our political process, whenever possible. Needless to say, I went to the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington D.C. to connect with the millennial generation and make sure that they were aware of our project and ambitious goals for 2016.
Gary Johnson ended up being the closing speaker for the entire conference. In observing his speech, it became clear that he has a natural ability to reach young minds and connect with millennials on a deeper level. When he was wrapping up and began transitioning to the Q&A portion of his speech, I couldn’t help but wonder… if he ‘gets it’ like we millennials do?
With this in mind, I decided to get in line so that I could pose a question to Gary Johnson, which was to be “Would he, Gary Johnson, be willing to publicly support the push for the United States to adopt Follow My Vote’s voting software, the world’s first open source end-to-end verifiable voting system?”
There were so many Millennials fired up about his speech and the message he was conveying, the Q&A line ended up being so long that they had to cut off the questioning before I had a chance to ask my question. This did not deter me. I saw that he was being escorted out of a side door of the conference room, and I realized that this was my shot.
I ran outside the entrance to the conference room and down the hall only to run right into Gary Johnson, whom greeted me with a smile and a handshake.
I told him that I was very impressed with his speech and how well he connected with his audience and wished him the best of luck in his campaign for the President of the United States. I then shared the news with him about the Follow My Vote project, letting him know that we are a startup based at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and that we are developing the technology that would ultimately support honest elections worldwide.
I then asked him if he would be willing to publically support our project in the days ahead, and he said “YES… Absolutely!”
He went on to speak to the fact that he recognizes the importance of our project and, as we were posing for a picture, he wished us the best of luck.
With the millennials support from here on out, we should be good to go!
Who is Gary Johnson?
If you are unaware, Gary Johnson is an American businessman and a politician. His most notable achievements have been serving as New Mexico’s Governor from 1995 to 2003 and representing the Libertarian Party as their nominee for President of the United States in 2012.
He is currently a candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in the 2016 election. garyjohnson2016.com
Johnson is also well known for climbing the Seven Peaks, which are the seven highest points on every continent of the world. This includes Mount Everest.
About The Author: Adam Kaleb Ernest is the CoFounder and CEO of Follow My Vote.
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